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U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, North Carolina 28214
Every year, 40 international runners descend upon a small town in Tennessee to test their mental and physical limits against the Barkley Marathons. Devised as a mockery of James Earl Ray’s historic prison escape gone awry, the race has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. The race’s co-founder Lazarus Lake is as weird, unpredictable, and irresistible a character as the idiosyncratic event he has created. With a secret application process, unknown start time, and treacherous terrain, the Barkley has gained cult-like status with ultra-runners and amateurs alike. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary invites you to the sports world’s most guarded secret; where pain has value, failure is spectacular, and it only costs $1.60.
While not condoned by the USNWC, guests should be advised that this film may feature strong language and adult themes which may not be appropriate for younger children.
When: Friday, September 15th
Time: 7:30 pm (projected sunset on September 15th)
Run Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
Cost: Free and open to the public
Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Location: River Jam Stage